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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:12:08 PM »
Look, I've gotta say that other than as a hypothetical exercise, this idea just isn't practical.  Why go to all that effort when you can just build a new cooler?

Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:53:47 PM »
Sorry to not really answer your question, but being the pragmatic type I am, switching to a rectangular cooler seems a much simpler solution.  But hypothetically, I'd guess you're correct.  But that's a difficult solution compared to a new cooler!

All Grain Brewing / Re: First AG batch......
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:00:39 PM »
I know you have a JSP Maltmill with a fixed factory setting which should be .039". Have you checked that mill gap setting?

No, EXCELLENT point. My inexperienced eye thought the milling was a little fine. I will measure the gap and also take a picture of some milled grains.

I use an adjustable JSP.  I have the gap closed almost as far as it will go.  From the time I start my mash runoff til the time I finish my sparge runoff takes 15 min. for about 8 gal. of wort.  That includes vorlauf for the mash, adding the sparge water, and vorlauf for the sparge.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice Hulls?
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:17:22 AM »
I've never had a stuck runoff, so I've never had a reason to use them.

Please keep in mind that your question should pertain to yeast and/or fermentation.  We've been getting some that don't quite fit that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I is a STAR!
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:39:12 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Whose got RIMS
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:23:57 PM »
Man, Paul, that looks like a level of engineering beyond my comprehension!

Ingredients / Re: New bulk grain supplier
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:20:58 PM »
Good sleuthing!

Too many club activities this weekend to brew!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swirling The Contents of Your Carboy
« on: January 13, 2011, 09:23:03 AM »
Run a FFT on your beers

Fast Fourier Transform?

Being an audio guy, that was my first thought, too!  But he meant fast ferment test.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner brewing
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:41:18 PM »
Do you ever do a step mash for pils?  If you're only doing a single infusion, at what temp are you mashing and for how long?

Yeah, I do sometimes.  I have doubts about how much difference a step mash makes, so I go back and forth doing and not doing them to try to decide what I think.  If I step, it's 146 for 60 and around 158-160 for 30.  For a single infusion I do 147-148 for 90.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner brewing
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:12:05 PM »
Doubtful there's anything wrong with that!  Most of the time I go all pils, but every once in a while I'll throw in about 5-10% Munich.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner brewing
« on: January 12, 2011, 02:57:03 PM »
2)   Yeast. I brewed both these Pilsners with S-189 dry Swiss lager yeast which has good recommendations from people like Denny…   I would love to keep using dry yeast – would W-34/70 be better?  I’ve heard nothing good about S-23 though.  Unless you all tell me that I will NEVER make a decent Pils without a liquid yeast and a monster starter…. I started brewing that way but just kind of slipped over to the quick and easy “pitch dry yeast into the fermenter and hit it with the mix-stir” method (with encouragement from folks like MullerBrau) and never looked back

S-189 is a great dry lager yeast, but probably not the best choice for pils (although not terrible either).  34/70 would be better if you want to stay with dry yeast.  I'm using WY2124 this lager season and I think it's really a great pils yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast Starter
« on: January 12, 2011, 02:53:44 PM »
Denny, why would warming yeast from 4C to 20C prior to pitching cause them to start using glycogen reserves?

Please see Tom Schmidlin's answer...he's the yeast expert!

The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 12, 2011, 01:04:20 PM »
I was always a weird kid

WAS??   ;)

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